We propose you an article about the fixed star Diphda or Deneb Kaitos and its astrological meaning. Diphda is the brightest star in the constellation of Cetus. This constellation is also called The Whale, but initially was named after a sea monster from the Greek mythology. Although designated beta, this orange giant it is actually brighter than the alpha star in the constellation (Alpha Ceti). We find this star at 02º 35’ Aries (in 2000).
Different Names of Diphda Fixed Star
Over time, this star bore two different traditional names. The first one, Diphda (sometimes wrote Difda), came from the Arabic ad-difda at-tani, meaning the second frog. The second one, Deneb Kaitos, also came from an Arabic expression – Al Dhanab al Kaitos al Janubiyy, meaning the southern tail of Cetus.
Also known of Beta Ceti, today it bears the official name of Diphda.
Chinese astrologers called this star Tusikong (westernized Too See Kung), meaning Master of Constructions or Superintendent of Earthworks). The star received this name because it is marking itself and stands alone in the Master of Constructions asterism, Legs mansion, according to the Chinese constellation system.
Diphda or Deneb Kaitos Fixed Star in Astrology
Diphda or Deneb Kaitos was situated, in 2000, at 02º 35’ Aries. One hundred years before, in 1900, his position was 01º 11’ Aries. In 2050, Diphda will be perceived at 03º 17’ Aries.
In astrology, this fixed star has the nature of Saturn or of the relation between Saturn, Mars and Mercury. Traditionally, astrologers considered it an unfortunate star.
Difda can cause mental disorders, self-destruction through rough force, illness and disfavours. It also provokes transformation that can’t be postponed anymore. It can bring both psychological and physical inhibitions and limitations, sometimes laziness.
With Jupiter, Diphda offers high legal or ecclesiastical position, but also brings danger of reversal, treachery from secret enemies, loss through speculation.
With the Sun, Diphda can provoke accidents such as burns, scalds and cuts, but also mental disturbance or some loss keenly felt.
What is a Fixed Star?
In astrology, usually we study the influence of luminaries – the Sun and the Moon –, of personal, social and transpersonal planets (like Mercury, Jupiter or Uranus) and of some asteroids (like Chiron or Juno). (Details here)
But we also study the influence of the stars that are not part of our solar system. Compared with the rapid movements of the Sun, the Moon and the planets, they seem almost motionless. So, they are called fixed stars.
Of course, everything in universe is in a state of constant move. So, the fixed stars aren’t really fixed. Actually, their position moves by 50.2 seconds of arc per year, which means one degree every 72 years.
A fixed star needs to be within one degree and in conjunction to one of your personal planets to have impact. Diphda, for example, have impact when our Sun or a natal planet transits 02º 35’ Aries.